5 June 2014
Our final day in Kenya consisted of visiting two amazing sanctuaries dedicated to the saving and redevelopment of Elephants and Giraffes ready to be placed back into the wild (I will never forget my first kiss with a Giraffe). We were also held in traffic in Nairobi for many hours, it made the M25 look good! We were invited to a meal with one of the sponsors. But after living in small portions of bland food, my stomach could not face all of the 14 different types of meats offered!
After the 8 hour aeroplane journey home into Friday morning, I had an emotional reunion with my wife with a coffee in my home town of Biggleswade. I have never experienced feelings like it. Everything is built, everything and everyone is clean, steady roads. It was a lot to take in and also very hard to deal with. It was hard to think of what I had seen a mere 24 hours before. It was a very peculiar feeling. This continued for the rest of the day.
I hadn’t expected to question a lot of things in my life on my return. I think I’ve realised that life is far too short to be unhappy, to make the most of it whilst we are here. If you are unhappy, change it. If people make you unhappy, then don’t associate with them. You should wear a smile everyday!
More importantly I could not stop thinking about what I left behind in Nakuru. The children, the adults, the town. The conditions, the climate, the dangers. I can’t just return home and not do anything, what can I do to make it a little better for them? I know that I will be in contact with African Adventures to see what I can do, but I want to do something on a regular basis on my own. Shall I set up my own foundation that can be associated with AA? Only time will tell. All I know is that I’m not going to sit back and not do anything. We are so fortunate in this country to have the things which we require, the children of Kenya don’t! When you think that you have nothing, just remember that a lot of people know that you have everything!